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! >> just by way of comparison, in the twine fiscal year, the last of george w. bush's presidency, the fiscal year goes -- federal spending rose by 17.9% from the 2.98 trillion to 2.52 trillion. in fiscal 2010, the first budget under obama spending fell 1.3% to $2.36 trillion. >> you say that like it's's good thing. i'm flabbergasted. >> who uses the word flabbergasted anymore? >> stephanie: john boehner. >> cracky. >> stephanie: the big surge in federal spending happens in fiscal 2009 before obama took office. the 2009 fiscal year which republicans count as part of obama's legacy isn't that handy? brought on by george w. bush. >> flabbergasting. >> stephanie: it is like george w. bush ran over a pack of cub scouts drunk and barack obama shows up. look at what you did here. see what you presided over? >> shows up in the ambulance. >> look what you did! >> stephanie: oh my god. no i'm emt. it began four months before obama moved into the white house. the major spending decision in the 2009 fiscal year were ma
.s. president george h.w. bush is in methodist hospital in houston right now. in fact, ktrk television in houston is reporting that he has actually been there for six days to be treated for bronchitis. we're told the bronchitis has been handled but he has a lingering cough. george h.w. bush was born june 1924. if i am doing my math correctly it means he is 88 years old now. there of course his wife, former first lady bash a bush. he is always very vigorous. remember him parachuting i believe it was his 80th birthday. he was the youngest aviator in the u.s. navy back during world war ii. george h.w. bush, being treated for bronchitis at a houston hospital now. we certainly wish him a speedy recovery. jenna: more on all that breaking news as we get it. in the meantime some new information on, well, an out of this world discovery. rick is live in our new york city newsroom discovery. >> reporter: out of that world is a little bit of an understatement, jenna. scientists are excited about a new finding because it is a new way to think about black holes. we'll talk about exactly what they ar
was a statistical tie between al gore and george w. bush, the country does move on and we head to the next election. >> i always say to people, look, mitt romney didn't come all that close to winning. he didn't come as close as i thought he might. one quick other follow-up on this, the thing i've been struck by, does mitt romney retain a constituency within the repub c republican party? he was the nominee. he got the votes. but it doesn't seem like he's having much influence. he's not in office right now so is not doing -- i don't see him returning to an office. he's not going to run for president again. does he kind of just shuffle off to the side? >> it really seems that way. one of the more amazing things is the imprint he had on the republican party, its ideas, seem so little right now particularly just weeks after the presidential election. you can make the argument even john mccain who lost decisively in 2008, all the republicans and the tea party people who are demanding an end to earmarks, there was john mccain, and very little -- one of the calls mitt romney ended up having that republica
in the middle. >>> plus, former president george h.w. bush hospitalized. we will bring you the very latest on his condition. >>> and the battle of coworkers versus cosmetic enhancements as one teachers' union opts to layoff some of its staffers to keep a health care plan that they love because it pays for liposuction. ♪ are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. @i've been a superintendent for 30 some years at many different park service units across the united states. the only time i've ever had a break is when i was on maternity leave. i have retired from doing this one thing that i loved. now, i'm going to be able to have the time to explore something different. it's like another chapter. we have big dreams. one is for a clean, domestic energy future that puts us in control. our abundant natural gas is already saving us money, producing cleaner electricity, putting us to work here in america and supporting wind and
's headquarters. vice president al gore and george w. bush had a private meeting after gore officially conceded the election. and president clinton gave the defeated bob dole a presidential medal of freedom just days before the second clinton inauguration. other rivals weren't as conciliatory. herbert hoover and franklin d. roosevelt reportedly sat in silence to the inauguration. walter mondale told politico he and ronald reagan never sat down for this kind of conversation. and is a former aide to john kerry told politico that kerry and george w. bush never spoke to one another after john kerry conceded the election. joining me now, pulitzer prize winning columnist for "the washington post" and msnbc analyst eugene erickson. and we have all -- i won't speak for you. i have -- i have more than once, i think, said we will keep in touch, let's keep in touch, to someone i did not then keep in touch with. i don't think i've ever been as phony about it, though, as these two guys today promising to stay in touch with each other after lunch. >> yeah. it was probably -- i've heard some people say the mo
this? >> guest: the same way that the george h.w. bush administration defeated very similar efforts by what was then the palestine liberation organization in 1989-1990 to enhance the status in the u.n. at that time, secretary of state jim baker said flatly and unequivocally if any u.n. organization enhanced the plo's status from that of observer organization, that he would recommend to the president that the united states cut off all funding, assessed or voluntary to that u.n. agency. you know, that worke worked in e world health organization, it worked in unesco and the general assembly. the issue was dead for 20 years until the obama administration showed weakness on that point last year in unesco. that vote that admitted the palestinian authority as a member state foreshadowed what happened last week. it was entirely avoidable. the loss brought on by the united states weakness. >> eric: a group of bipartisan senators, or saying just that. they are threatening to cut off the palestinian funding. $500 million because of this. from your view, susan rice and the obama administration
. >>> developing now, this story we need to pass along to you about former president george h.w. bush expected to be released from the hospital within the next 72 hours. doctors in houston are treating him for complications related to bronchitis. the 88-year-old is in stable condition. mr. bush has been in and out of the hospital for the last couple of weeks suffering from a severe cold. >>> we are following more developing news for you. in less than an hour from now the u.n. is set to take up a historic vote on the palestinians' bid for statehood. thousands of palestinians have already been celebrating in the streets of the west bank today. we'll fill you in. >>> plus, lunch at the white house. what we're learning about president obama and mitt romney's first face to face meeting since the election. >>> and hostess wants to give its top execs nearly $2 million worth of bonuses as thousands of workers are losing their jobs. join our conversation on twitter. find us @newsnation. [ "odd couple" theme plays ] humans -- even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely
to be a two-term george w. bush that took us in a steep recession. >> hey, you are the one with the bush tax cut. >> this can be worked out. everybody knows that. you can raise rates a point or two, that is not going to be end of the world. republicans understand that. let's get through with the fear we have had a couple of weeks of theater and let's get down to serious negotiations. i don't think the republicans want to fight to the death to protect tax breaks for the wealthy. that is not the message they want to send. they tried it during the election and they lost on that. >> eric: if i just interrupt, matt mentioned small businesses. let me read you this tough edtory from investors business daily this past week. they call it return of the tax-and-spend democrats in d.c. of the president's plan it says turn in a massive $1.6 trillion tax increase, most of which will hit small businesses. $600 billion of which the white house hasn't specified but combined it with the no spending cuts at all swept seen the game before. the democrats always pocket the taxes. forget about the spending. martin
of 82. >>> and former president george h.w. bush in a hospital treated for bronchitis, he is listed in stable condition and expected to be released within 72 hours. his doctors described him as pretty much as normal, happy, joking with the staff and getting better. >>> up next as nightly news continues. the guessing game over who won that giant powerball, and what some people have noticed about the winning numbers and the pattern they follow. >>> and later, the random act of kindness caught on camera that is getting a lot of attention for all the right reasons. t powerball, you may be curious about who did, there are two big winning tickets and the second largest jackpot in american history, in missouri and arizona, more from dearborn, missouri, where one of the tickets was sold. kerry, also very curious about this secret code imbedded in one of the winning numbers >> reporter: very interesting, one ticket was sold here at this gas station,he other in arizona. now, so far the identities of people who bought the tickets are yet to be revealed in this, the largest powerball jackpot in
on the former president george h.w. bush this according to reports out of houston saying he was in the hospital thursday for treatment of a lingering cough. he is 88 years old and has been in and out of the hospital recently because of complications due to wrongitis. they say expect the president to be released on saturday. he has been under hospital care for nearly a week. this is the republican line. hello? steve? good morning. caller: yes. good morning. pedro, off question and comment. one problem is -- completely out of control. and they continue to -- don't want to touch -- in this country. because the prices of the medical are too -- government -- i don't want to -- medicare, keep complaining about -- and because the hospital -- and they never contribute that much noun medicare. and they put all the money they could toward the working -- if you add them up, it's not that much money. host: to the proposal at hand, what are your comments or thoughts about it? caller: i think it should be cut a lot more than what they cut, because environment is what is killing this country and upping medica
on the spike in our national debt over the fast 12 years. january of 2001, president george w. bush taking office. our national debt stood at $5.7 trillion. by the time he left eight years later, january of 2009, the debt was over 10.6 trillion. as of this week, our debt is $16.3 trillion. a must see fox news sunday tomorrow, we'll have exclusive interview with republican speaker of the house, john boehner, as well as interview with treasury secretary tim geithner who is the president's lead negotiator in the fiscal cliff talks. all tomorrow on fox news sunday, check your local listings for the time and channel in your area. >> heather: wicked weather out west pounding parts of northern california for a second day in a row. the rain soaked area bracing for more stormy weather today. new warnings of potential mudslides and flash floods after yesterday's system washed out streets, brought down power lines, knocking out electricity to thousands. dominic is live for us with the latest. dominic? >> hi there. worst yet to come. this third storm coming through overnight tonight. no one really sur
well, that's a veritable love fest compared to this icy visit between george w. bush and al gore, the latter having won the popular vote but losing the supreme court decision. and that was a cold day, you can see by the snow. sometimes the winner has more than a handshake for the runner up. look at president clinton bess towing the medal of freedom on world war ii veteran bob dole. that's just weeks after re-election back in 1996. why do i show you all of these? because it all brings me to a very special party of two having lunch next hour at the white house. president obama, as promised, in his victory speech 23 days ago, is hosting mitt romney, who has made no secret that he really thought that it would be the other way around. and our dan lothian is counting down the minutes, standing by at the white house, even though, dan, you are not invited to the luncheon, nor am i or anyone else at the camera, a mic or even a pen. why is it so private? >> reporter: that's right. oftentimes, the president will have meetings here at the white house, lunches or official meetings, where the
out it involves dinner at red lobster. that's ahead. plus former president george h.w. bush, bush 41 has been in the hospital since last week we have now learned. doctors say he will be okay and they're giving an update on his condition from the journalists of fox news on this thursday fox report. this holiday, share everything. share "not even close." share "you owe me..." share "just right." the share everything plan. sharable data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. get a droid razr m by motorola for $49.99. woman: what do you mean, homeowners insurance doesn't cover floods? [ heart rate increases ] man: a few inches of water caused all this? [ heart rate increases ] woman #2: but i don't even live near the water. what you don't know about flood insurance may shock you -- including the fact that a preferred risk policy starts as low as $129 a year. for an agent, call the number that appears on your screen. >> shepard: former president george h.w. bush is expected to get out of the hospital within the next several days, that's the word from methodist hospital in houston
frat owe and former white house deputy press secretary under president george w. bush and managing partner at hamilton place strategies kiki mclean, senior adviser to the 2008 hillary clinton presidential campaign. good morning. >> good morning. >> tony, do republicans sit back and wish governor sununu would quit talking? >> not only is it offensive to a large part of the lack trat, it happens to be wrong. republicans did very well and in fact governor romney did very well among lower income voters. so it's wrong but we shouldn't be talking that way. we should be talking about all americans and economic opportunity for all americans and trying to achieve that. that's the important thing. >> governor sununu of course has made controversial comments before. let me play for you what he said about president obama after the first presidential debate back in october. >> what people saw last night i think was a president that revealed his incompetence, how lazy and detached he is and how he has absolutely no idea how serious the economic problems of the country are. >> john sununu also su
president george w. bush. hopefully he will be going home very soon. martha: there are around the clock demonstrations in egypt as president morsi and the muslim brotherhood push through a hard-line islamist constitution. morsi supporters blocked them from entering the courthouse in order to give a ruling on this constitution. steve harrigan joins us from there. where do we stand now with this constitutional court having no ability to rule at this point? >> reporter: the most unusual situation in cairo where you have egypt's top court whose judges now say basically they are afraid to do their job. they were supposed to enter the court sunday to get to work. there was a crowd of pro-government protester surrounding that white house. the judges say they felt intimidated by the crowd both physically and psychologically intimidated. so for now they suspended all their work. martha: we can hear the sound of the protesters behind you. what i next in tahrir square? >> reporter: it's a competition between the two sides. those who support this president and those who want to drive him out of off
think history showed whether it's ronald reagan or-- >> ronald reagan, george w. bush and-- >> your a telling me that ronald reagan was not increasing deficits. stuart: ronald reagan increased-- >> here is what we're arguing about, you lower tax rates, you get more revenue. >> stuart. stuart: that's a lesson of economic history. >> stuart, i'm sorry. stuart: it is. >> the lesson of the reagan years and bush years, you-- >> it's factually true that when you lower rates, ronald reagan did it, dramatic lower of rates, the revenue to the treasury doubled in five years. that's true. >> are you telling me. stuart: you're saying, oh, he left a deficit. it was congressional spending that led it a deficit. let's get back to the original argument. if you now, right now, lowered tax rates you would increase revenue to the treasury. >> you and i disagree on that. you and i disagree on that and i know my history and-- >> you think that by imposing higher tax rates, massive tax increase. >> no, no, not on everyone, not on everyone. stuart: tell me how you're going to get growth when you raise tax
breaking news we are learning about. former president george h. w. bush has been admitted to the houston in methodist hospital, the first president bush, forty-one, or according to hospital folks will embarrass spokeswoman, a former president is being treated because of bronchitis. that is all we know. former president bush, reported to be bronchitis. we have more throughout the day. we talk all the time about the military but here's another area where automatic cuts are coming and a debt deal is reached by the end of the year. education. congressional budget office's federal education programs would lose $5 billion or close to 8% of their budget. we have randy weingartner with us from d.c.. you want to avoid the worst-case scenario for obvious reasons, what we talk about with the military but some education cuts going forward in this environment inevitable? >> let me just say our prayers are with president bush and i hope he has a speedy recovery. we have had cut after cut after cut in education in the last four years. in this recessionary environment most of the dollars in education ar
ordered the closing of the facility when he took office in 2009. former president george h.w. bush expected to be released from a houston hospital in three days. mr. bush's office says he has been in and out of the facility treated for bronchitis. up next, egypt's president tries to smooth things over. [ male announcer ] introducing... a new way to save on your prescriptions. it's the aarp medicarerx saver plus plan from unitedhealthcare. with this plan, you can get copays as low as a dollar through a preferred network pharmacy like walgreens -- where you'll find 8,000 convenient locations. best of all, this plan has the lowest part d premium in the united states -- only $15 a month. open enrollment ends december 7th. so call today or visit your local walgreens. >> bret: egypt's president is trying to diffuse an increasingly tense political situation over last week's perceived power grab. he addressed his people a short time ago. correspondent steve harrigan is live in cairo where it's early friday morning. hello again, steve. >> egypt constitutional assembly trying to push through
of speech and women's rights. >>> a spokesman says former president george h.w. bush should be able to leave the hospital by the weekend. he has been hospitalized for complications from bronchitis. >>> last day of trading for november. what's moving the markets? good morning, kayla. >> the stocks are following the fiscal cliff and the market dove yesterday on comments from house speaker john boehner. data released yesterday showed economic growth in the u.s. is still weak. consumers and businesses alike are putting a hold on spending. natalie? >> thank you. >>> and a grade school in south lina has shed new light on how to take a class photo. they didn't just stick the short kids in front, call kids in the back. each child wore a specific color, formed an amazing image of a light house. all part of the annual cultural week at beach hill elementary. great job, kids. that's fantastic. >>> it is 7:19. back to savannah, willie, and al. makes my photos look terrible. >> way more organization than my elementary school. >>> who will be with david gregory? just wondering. >> people don't know, willie
now. just getting information about former president george h.w. bush. a source close to the bush family has confirmed he is hospitalized in houston suffering from cronkikro bronch. he has had a severe cough and been in and out of the hospital for the last couple of weeks. he's in the hospital now as an abundance of caution. we'll keep you posted. >>> today egyptian president morsi will explain why he had assumed near absolute powers. this move sparked days of nationwide riots. and a government study is saying that the prison at guantanamo bay could close and u.s. prisons could safely hold the inmates. 166 people are being held accused of plotting terror attacks against the u.s. now, supporters say the move will save millions of dollars. >>> troubled actress lindsay lohan spent the morning under arrest at a new york city police station. the nypd cuffed the 26-year-old after allegedly punching another woman at a new york city night club. no word yet on what prompted the alleged fight. >>> a sign of the season here at nbc. did you catch it? the rockefeller center christmas tree all
.n. vote on statehood. >>> former president george h.w. bush will likely leave the hospital this weekend. doctors say the 88-year-old quickly recovered from viral bronchitis and a secondary infection. >>> a bankruptcy court approved the liquidation of hostess brands. the company says more than 100 companies are interested in buying its famous brands which include twinkies. the court also approved nearly $2 million in executive payout bonuses. >>> michael jackson's father, joe jackson, is recovering from a mild stroke in las vegas. family, friends say the 83-year-old is back to normal, talking and making jokes. >>> one of new york's kindest is speaking out today. you may have seen this internet sensation, this picture of showing an nypd officer giving new socks and boots to a barefoot homeless man. on "today," the officer talked about his newfound celebrity. >> surreal and extremely humbling. it's a great experience. i think it's a lot about the people, though, because you see such great comments. people are saying that, you know, their faith in humanity is restored, and that's the bigges
campaign between bill clinton and george h.w. bush and no one would have predicted that two two dedecades on they would pretty close friends working on projects together. sometimes it's still acrimonious between former competitors, but it this relationship could being akin to that clinton/bush relationship. >> so let's say he doesn't have any public role in the sense of in this administration. matt, what do you think, what does he do next? >> a lot of people are speculating sort of what he might did. it's hard to tell what mitt romney himself is thinking. right now he's enjoying kicking back. you saw photos of him pumping gas, not a generous photo by any stretch, but other photos of him riding roller coasters at disneyland. next who knows. but he is having an office and the office is in boston. so there have been speculation right after the election that he may sort of relocate for all intents and purposes to the west coast and to his house out there. so it does seem like he'll keep his ties in boston at least. >> good to see you gentlemen. thank you. >>> today's tweet of the day mixes po
. >>> george h.w. bush's doctor says he's getting better fast and could be released from the hospital this weekend. the 88-year-old was taken in with bronchitis and is recovering from a lingering cough. his doctor also says he's in great spirits. >>> hillary clinton says the government is still figuring out how to handle washington state and colorado legalizing marijuana. >> i respect those in the region who believe strongly that that would end the problem. i am not convinced of that, just speaking personally. i think when you've got ruthless, vicious people who have made money one way, if it's somehow blocked, they'll figure out another way. they'll do kidnapping. they'll do extortion. >>> not entirely surprising, a bunch of lawmakers are leaving congress to be lobbyist. heath schuler will work for duke energy, jason altmire will become part of florida blue, and geoff davis is forming his own public affairs firm. >>> and here is the must-see video of the day. yes, that's bo, the white house releasing these shots of the first dog checking out all the holiday decorations including a re
shock in the 1970s. martha: i did my part. president george h.w. bush is recovering in a houston hospital after being admitted with bronchitis earlier this week. the 41st president is 88 years old. the hospital says this was never a life-threatening situation. president bush's family says they are relieved and this is the quote from the spokesman. we're naturally very pleased this did not progress into home soon.nd look to get dr. marc siegel, member of our fox medical a-team of course and he joins me. good morning. melissa: hi, martha. martha: they're saying this is broke kites. he had this not too long ago, right? melissa: martha i spoke to the hospital this morning. said he is very stable. had this a few weeks ago in beginning of november. he went home. developed a cough. it came back. he developed bronchitis in the upper airways, not the bottom of the lungs. it has not progressed into pneumonia. they are the tubes that lead into the lungs but not the lungs themselves. we have them lined like a human vacuum cleaner. we sweep out the debris. if it becomes older harder to do tha
under president george w. bush. hello to the two of you. i've got to ask you. is that a world aids day t-shirt you got going on? >> this is my favorite product red t-shirts. red's raised over $200 million for aids relief. and remember it's world aids day today. get out there and support everyone who's doing everything to end aids. >> i talked to michael elliott as well the ceo of one about the same thing. good on you. let's get to this, karen. the video follows what amounted to a campaign event yesterday for the fiscal cliff. the election's over. the president and democrats won. is this effort sort of a redundancy that maybe counterproductive? >> no. look, i think its something that a lot of us wanted to see the president do actually in the first term. you may remember there was some talk about this kind of outside end strategy. he did it when he introduced the jobs act. he did it on the payroll tax cut the last time. that is engage the american people in the process. let them know what's going on here in washington and let their voices be heard so that we're not just having meetings in
the president was planning. joining us this morning, carlos gutierrez. former commerce secretary under george w. bush. also former director of hispanic outreach for the romney campaign. nice to see you, sir. thank you for talking with us. >> pleasure, soledad. >> this morning i was talking to senator blumenthal. he was sort of saying i'm optimistic, i'm hopeful. where do you see that? i don't know that i see optimism. >> no. i agree with you. i'm very disapoented. you know, the big picture is more than just the fiscal cliff. and a lot bigger than do we raise taxes on people who are there to make more than $250,000 a year. this is about the debt. it's about the fiscal deficit. it's about our economy. it's about our future. it's about our children. and president obama is playing a very risky game. because in the end, this is his presidency. and you're going to look back and have a bar chart of deficits and debt. and there's not going to be an asterisk that says it was the republicans' fault. i think we've got to stop playing poker, work together and understand we're working to save the country. >
continuing the george w. bush tax cuts? >> brian: for everybody. >> gretchen: for everybody. folks, this is all going back to the campaign. it was all about getting elected and saying the right things then and saying what he probably really believes now. >> steve: but it also has a lot to do with what the american people are being told. how many outlets are you going to see that sound bite where you can see clearly the president of the united states completely did a 180. you might hear it on talk radio. it's the same reason we're hearing so much in the main stream media, but we got to raise taxes. you don't hear so much about we're in a gigantic hole with it comes to spending. it's one of the things we have done here at fox news channel since we signed on, what, 16 1/2 years ago. you can trust us to try to do the best to tell the truth. and that is where we are today. >> gretchen: we also give you the headlines. we'll start with a fox news alert. just over an hour ago, kate middleton was released from the hospital. you can see her here in this new video smiling and carrying flowers
of it into policy. he hasn't done it. i don't see him starting you now. >> president clinton and george h.w. bush have donnie norm must good works together. if we can be optimistic, in terms of streamlining, the fiscal cliff i think that would be a good thing. bill: what is next, martha. martha: that is something to think about for today. how about this. $2 and new two dreams coming true big time, where the winning powerball tickets were sold, i'll give you a hint, not at my convenience store or bill's. bill: what we can learn about our fate from a very, very young age. [ malannouncer ] it'that time of year again. time for cii price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. buy now. save later. bill: here is a smash and grab caught on ta
and former chairman of president george w. bush's council of economic advisers. becky and i just distilled this argument down off camera when i was reciting what someone just wrote in. there are more republicans in washington than democrats if you just add up the house, the senate, a tnld president. becky says, yes, but more powerful ones are democrats. >> yes. >> meaning you've got some cincinnati -- >> my point is it's like monopoly. do you buy baltic or park place. >> my point is if you're passing a bill -- >> you can't do it without all three. >> it doesn't matter who's more powerful, greg. and there are guys in the house that cohold some pretty powerful cards. >> absolutely. i think what we see now is these two cards hurtling toward each other and the question is who's going to swerve. i think there's a lot at stake right now for both political parties and think if we go off the fiscal cliff for very long the economy will almost certainly go into a recession. if it didn't, the economists are going to have to revise all our models. so i think it could occur if we go very long. and if w
and regretting that as much as george w. bush saying he looked into vladimir putin's eyes and saw his soul. this is, after all -- please explain to us, if you will, while all the gushing goes forth from the white house and others, explain how we got to this point where the muslim promised after mubarak's fall that they would not seek power and then they grabbed ultimate power and then he consolidated power and then he crushed the judiciary on thanksgiving day, and now we're sitting here wondering whether in the words of rich lowery we're in a position where it's meet the new pharaoh, same as the old pharaoh. >> well, this comes up in our interview as well. there are two lines of thinking on this. so some would argue and morsi himself would argue that he was simply trying to protect the constitutional process from a judiciary that was pro mubarak, that was trying to actually quash this democratic process and thwart democracy and freedom in egypt. that's the pro morsi line of thinking. the other line of thinking is that the muslim brotherhood is more hard line than they would claim to be, th
percent of the vote. >> so in 2000 you got 80 plus percent of the vote? >> not too bad. >> and george w. bush won the presidency. >> i see where you're going. >> no. i'm just saying, just people need to look at the fact that there's more than one reality. barack obama wasn't the only person who won. i'm not saying this to denigrate the president or elevate the president. i'm explaining the negotiations right here. you get 80% -- i got 80%, you know, when i ran in, you know -- actually ran unopposed in '98. in '9d6 i got 83%. i didn't give a damn what they said. they didn't call and say i got elected, joe, with 52% of the vote, you've got to go with me. i said that's great, mr. president, i got 80%. >> he probably did do that because he tried to make social security reform the centerpiece. >> right, and it didn't work. >> republicans didn't support it. >> it didn't work. david? >> joe, isn't one of the big questions here what boehner ultimately does is a legislative strategy, not just trying to deal with folks who won in their districts and who are opposed to taxes, but does he put a bil
on their principles. no, i think it strengthens -- listen, let's be honest here -- after george w. bush, there wasn't much of a republican party left. the fiscal conservatives have now been into the republican party -- >> steve? >> i was going to say the public is conflicted over the question you asked rick. all the polling data show americans -- >> polling data, i know who conducts the polls and how they're asked. >> and they -- >> let's ask people if they want to pay taxes, they want to cut spending, they say no. a good leader will convince them. >> it's actually the point i'm going to make, rick. the polling data show americans do not want bigger government, they only want all of the things that bigger government offers. >> they don't want to pay for them. >> and what i think has not been done is the politician going to the public and saying you want this, this is what this costs. we're going to have some data tomorrow on the fiscal cliff from our all america survey. and it's going to very much make this point that the things that, by the way, republicans and democrats both oppose are things lik
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former president george h.w. bush hospitalized in texas this morning. the 88-year-old bush has been in and out of the hospital for nearly a month after coming down with a case of bronchitis. no discharge date has been announced just yet. >>> thousands of schoolchildren in this country will spend a lot more time in the classroom. this is beginning next fall. school days and the overall school year will be lengthened in five states as a way to help underperforming students achieve better results in their studies. >> kids are going to love that. firefighters and family members are calling it a miracle. a couple from oregon survived after a 100 foot fir tree crushed their car. that's what their car looked like. firefighters say the couple actually walked away from the wreckage. >> they must have had a bright light shining down on them because if you look at the passenger compartment, especially the driver's compartment, there's about a space of two loaves of bread in there. how the husband survived is just remarkable. >> family members say the couple had just moved to the area and were
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